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Actors Bandô Shûka I as the Ruling Class (Shi) (R), Seki Sanjûrô III as the Artisan Class (Kô), Nakamura Utaemon IV as the Farming Class (Nô) (C), and Ichimura Uzaemon XII as the Merchant Class (Shô) (L), from the Dance of the Four Social Classes (Shisei

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MFA impressions: 11.39686a-c, 11.45549a-c


Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on right sheet), Ôju Toyokuni ga (on center sheet), Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on left sheet) 香蝶楼豊国画(年玉印) 応需 豊国画(年玉印) 一陽斎豊国画(年玉印)


Censors' seals: Fukushima, Muramatsu


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005) NOTES: [1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1849 (Kaei 2), 4th month


Vertical ôban triptych; 35.5 x 73.4 cm (14 x 28 7/8 in.)

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Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper